News for Hot Snakes

NEWS : THU, MAY 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Watch Hot Snakes’ Late Night TV Debut on Last Call With Carson Daly!

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The 2018 return of conquering heroes Hot Snakes includes the band’s late night TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly, where they delivered blistering performances of Jericho Sirens singles “Six-Wave Hold Down,” “I Need a Doctor” and “Having Another,” filmed live at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Hot Snakes will resume their North American tour dates for 2018 on June 2nd at the Upstream Music Festival in Seattle.

Hot Snakes Tour Dates + Ticket Links

May 24 - Austin, TX - Hot Luck at The Mohawk
June 2 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Music Festival
June 4 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
June 5 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere
June 7 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON
June 8 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
June 9 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
June 10 - Union Stage - Washington, DC


Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirens is available now worldwide on Sub Pop.


“It’s got all the traits that make Hot Snakes the unique band they always were: the fury of hardcore, the dissonant riffs of noise rock, the fuzz-drenched party of garage rock. They’ve got no fat on this thing — it’s over and done with in 30 minutes and replay value is very high — and the songs aren’t just rippers but catchy too.” [Jericho Sirens, “5 Notable Releases This Week”] - Brooklyn Vegan

“Hot Snakes’ caustic, erudite commentary is more welcome than ever” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - MOJO

“Teeming with revved-up riffs and apocalyptic imagery, the post-hardcore group’s first album since 2005 reasserts their status as the most merciless band in their scene” - Pitchfork

“Comebacks are complicated, for bands and fans too, but this is one for the ages. Hot Snakes have returned, reminding those of us who’ve paid attention that they are definitively one of the greatest rock bands we’ve ever known.” [9/10] - Exclaim!

“It’s exactly what you want out of a Hot Snakes jam, with a riff that snarls and swaggers like a hot rod, its wild hair of a melody built into the stylish chrome.” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - NPR Music

Jericho Sirens is an incredible turn, and proof to the other half-hearted post-hardcore comebacks of the last years (looking at you At the Drive-In, Refused and more) that it is possible to still be high-quality and relevant. In fact, in places Hot Snakes’ fourth album is so good, it even puts newer bands who have come up in the meantime to shame.” [Jericho Sirens, 5/5] - The Skinny

“The very definition of kickass” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - The Guardian


Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : MON, MAY 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Hot Snakes To Perform Rock Music Live, In Support Of Their Universally Beloved New Album, Jericho Sirens, Starting This Week

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Watch Swami John Reis’ Tour Video over here - Dates Run May 9th through June 10th


“Liberation through encroachment. Hot Snakes and @lebutcherettes West Coast “meet and greet” the hot slaves. Kissing hands and shaking babies since 2000. Stock footage courtesy of @howie_brdk.”

Hot Snakes Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Starting Wednesday, May 9th at The Observatory in Santa Ana, Hot Snakes will begin a 15-date North American odyssey that has the band on the road through June 10th in Washington, DC. The tour will include stops in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Boston, Toronto & Philadelphia. Hot Snakes are touring in support of their latest long-player, Jericho Sirens, which is available now worldwide via Sub Pop Records. 

May 09 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory

May 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

May 11 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park

May 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

May 14 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz

May 15 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall

May 16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

May 18 - Denver, CO - The Oriental Theater

Jun. 02 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Music Fest

Jun. 04 - New York City, NY - The Bowery Ballroom

Jun. 05 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere Hall

Jun. 07 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre

Jun. 08 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

Jun. 09 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Jun. 10 - Washington, DC - Union Stage


Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirens, the band’s critically acclaimed fourth album, is out now. You can (and should) stream the album in full on SpotifyApple Music, and YouTube right now.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, APR 20, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Sub Pop & Hardly Art Make Record Store Day Worth Living (2018 edition)

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Herewith, details on Sub Pop’s elaborate plans to celebrate the TRUE most wonderful time of the year: Record Store Day 2018. 

As the main course, we’re putting out Thomas Andrew Doyle’s (aka TAD) limited-edition Incineration Ceremony LP. And! Equally delightful, though more challenging to flip on eBay, a bunch of our artists are performing (King Tuff and Yuno), or doing DJ sets (Steve Turner of Mudhoney, John Reis & Gar Wood of Hot Snakes, and Colleen Green) in actual record stores! And all of this will be available or happen on Saturday, April 21st at participating retailers.

Please find info on Thomas Andrew Doyle and a schedule of performances and DJ sets below.


Thomas Andrew Doyle’s / Incineration Ceremony LP:

Incineration Ceremony is the new work by Thomas Andrew Doyle (TAD, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Hog Molly) and is a return to roots of sorts. After spending his formative years in music playing in jazz clubs while attending school studying classical and jazz music at Boise State University, Doyle comes forth with a symphonic take on what is going on in his head. Spawned from the dark and dreary recesses of Doyle’s psyche comes an immense sound of textures, rhythms and material suitable for film and stand-alone listening, disquieting all who are within earshot. People who are familiar with his music should expect the unexpected. Doyle’s entry into the world of symphonic composition is no novice beginner’s attempt. Incineration Ceremony is a musical journeyman’s expression that is genuine, heartfelt, honest, uncompromising, and authoritative.

Incineration Ceremony is limited to 1,500 copies worldwide, and comes housed in a single-LP jacket with custom dust sleeve and grey/black vinyl.

Incineration Ceremony Tracklist:

1. Silent Incineration

2. Bio-Illogical Functions

3. Meditations in Null

4. Desire

5. Nurtured in Grief

6. The Only Thing You Truly Own Is Nothing

7. Prognati ignis ignis

8. Lost in Abyssmal Waters*

9. Born into Sorrow*

10. Asleep in Arrythmia*

*Bonus tracks included as digital download


DJ Sets and In-Store Performances (from early to later):

Steve Turner (Mudhoney) / Jackpot Records DJ set (Portland, 10 am): 3574 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Colleen Green / Amoeba DJ set (Hollywood, noon): 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Yuno / Amoeba In-store performance (Berkeley, 2pm): 2455 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704.

John Reis (of Hot Snakes)  / Vinyl Junkies DJ set (San Diego, 3pm): 2235 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104

King Tuff / Fingerprints In-store performance (Long Beach, 6pm): 420 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Gar Wood (of Hot Snakes + Beehive & the Barracudas) w/ Tracy Wooley (Beehive & the Barracudas)  / Vinyl Junkies DJ set (San Diego, California, 7pm): 2235 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104


About Record Store Day

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica (read more here).


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, MAR 16, 2018 at 7:35 AM

Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirens, The Band’s Critically Acclaimed Fourth Album, Is Out Today Worldwide On Sub Pop

FINALLY. Hot SnakesJericho Sirens, the band’s critically acclaimed fourth album, is out today. You can (and should) stream the album in full on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube now.

Hot Snakes Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Hot Snakes’ previously announced tour dates for 2018 continue with an in-store performance today at Down in the Valley (Golden Valley store, 6pm CT/All Ages), followed by a headlining show later tonight in St. Paul at the Turf Club.

Mar. 16 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club

May 09 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory

May 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

May 11 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park

May 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

May 14 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz

May 15 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall

May 16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

May 18 - Denver, CO - The Oriental Theater

Jun. 04 - New York City, NY - The Bowery Ballroom

Jun. 05 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere Hall

Jun. 07 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre

Jun. 08 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

Jun. 09 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Jun. 10 - Washington, DC - Union Stage


Jericho Sirens is now available from Sub Pop, select independent retailers near you and all DSPs. And the band’s recently reissued catalog - Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice and Audit in Progress - is also available now on Sub Pop.

What’s the word on Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirens? Well, since you asked:

“On its three previous records, the group was willing to toy with sustain and release, tension and construction — look at songs like “Suicide Invoice” or “Lovebirds.” Those days are gone. Jericho Sirens is a punched-in wall. Between the doom of the opening bars to “I Need a Doctor” and the homage the record closes on (“Death of a Sportsman” crash-ends with a direct lift from Suicide’s epochal, nihilistic “Ghost Rider” and that song’s four-note spine) lives the sound of not being able to itch your pox. Ever.” [Jericho Sirens, First Listen] - NPR Music

“This is yet another example of Hot Snakes at the top of their game, except this time they gave 14 years in exile for other, lesser bands to catch up with them only to reclaim the throne with ease.” [Jericho Sirens, 9/10] - Drowned in Sound

“The very definition of kickass” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - The Guardian

“Jericho Sirens sounds more unstable and aggressive…The palpable anxiety of “I Need A Doctor” opens the album, segueing into the dissonant dread of “Candid Cameras” and the ferocious 78 seconds of “Why Don’t It Sink In?” “Death Camp Fantasy” is a vintage Hot Snakes pounder, and Froberg howls like Brian Johnson in “Psychoactive.” It all works. Whenever Hot Snakes decide to get together, they will always be welcome.” [Jericho Sirens, A-] - AV Club

“This is a winner from start to finish.” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - Q

“It’s got all the traits that make Hot Snakes the unique band they always were: the fury of hardcore, the dissonant riffs of noise rock, the fuzz-drenched party of garage rock. They’ve got no fat on this thing — it’s over and done with in 30 minutes and reply value is very high — and the songs aren’t just rippers but catchy too.” [Jericho Sirens, “5 Notable Releases This Week”] - Brooklyn Vegan

“Hot Snakes are as dry, dented and slightly demented as ever.” [Jericho Sirens, 8/10, “Album of the Week”] - The Line of Best Fit

“At its core, Jericho Sirens bears all of the elements that made up Hot Snakes’ excellent first trio of albums: a sharp clash of guitars, pummeling punk-rock rhythms, and Froberg’s frantic, strained bark. Yet there’s even more tension and agitation than usual, even for a band whose discography is founded on that very agitation.” [Jericho Sirens, Album of the Day] - Bandcamp

“Their lengthy hiatus has clearly not dulled Hot Snakes’ razor-sharp edge, one bit, making Jericho Sirens a very welcome return.” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - Kerrang!

“It’s a suplex to your ears, a fire in your spirit, a get-up-and-go, absolutely run-wild affair. It’s what Hot Snakes has always been, and always will be: masters of primal, visceral aesthetics.” [Jericho Sirens, Album of the Week] - Treble

“Comebacks are complicated, for bands and fans too, but this is one for the ages. Hot Snakes have returned, reminding those of us who’ve paid attention that they are definitively one of the greatest rock bands we’ve ever known.” [9/10] - Exclaim!

“Jericho Sirens is an incredible turn, and proof to the other half-hearted post-hardcore comebacks of the last years (looking at you At the Drive-In, Refused and more) that it is possible to still be high-quality and relevant. In fact, in places Hot Snakes’ fourth album is so good, it even puts newer bands who have come up in the meantime to shame.” [Jericho Sirens, 5/5] - The Skinny

“A band that holds a timeless appeal to anyone who grew up on hardcore and garage rock, a promise of good times fused to a pummeling sense of aggression and resolve.” - Chicago Tribune

“This band will not change your life, probably. But it will make your life both more terrifying and way more bearable. It’s an honor, genuinely, to be pummelled and trampled by some of the best.” [Jericho Sirens] - The Ringer

“Jericho Sirens, the fourth Hot Snakes album, is a cathartic pileup of chunky guitar slashes and feverish yelps. It’s dense and physical and nasty and fun as hell. We’ve already posted the excellently-titled early tracks “Six Wave Hold-Down” and “Death Camp Fantasy,” and now the whole album is out there online, ready for your solo desk-chair moshing. (You do that too, right? It’s not just me?).” [Jericho Sirens]- Stereogum

“Hot Snakes’ caustic, erudite commentary is more welcome than ever” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - MOJO

“Hot Snakes throw one hell of a rock and roll party; let’s hope the invites to the next one don’t take another fourteen years to arrive” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - DIY

“It’s exactly what you want out of a Hot Snakes jam, with a riff that snarls and swaggers like a hot rod, its wild hair of a melody built into the stylish chrome.” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - NPR Music

“And after teasing a new song, they’ve now shared the slashing, propulsive “Six Wave Hold-Down,” a song that’s absolutely worthy of their old albums.” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - Stereogum

“Charges forward with reckless abandon…” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - Consequence of Sound

“A ripper which has Hot Snakes sounding as inspired as ever…” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - Brooklyn Vegan


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, FEB 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Let Your Future Implode In “Death Camp Fantasy,” The New Single From Hot Snakes

Jericho Sirens will be available worldwide on March 16th

As previously announced, Friday, March 16th, 2018 will mark the release of Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirensthe long-awaited fourth album (and first in 14 years!!!) from the San Diego-based punk rock recidivists. For your listening enjoyment, we now share the second single from the band’s new record, entitled, “Death Camp Fantasy.” (also available on Spotify and Apple Music.



Jericho Sirens is now available for preorder - available on CD / LP / DL / CS - from Sub Pop [right here]. And the band’s newly reissued catalog - Automatic MidnightSuicide Invoice and Audit in Progress- is also available now on Sub Pop [over here].

Hot Snakes Tour Dates + Ticket Links

The band will play a hometown release show in San Diego at the Casbah on March 7th, which is then followed immediately by a midwestern U.S. tour March 10th-16th.
 
Mar. 07 - San Diego, CA - Casbah [Sold Out]
Mar. 09 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Mar. 10 - Detroit, MI - El Club
Mar. 11 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
Mar. 13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
Mar. 14 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
Mar. 15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club [Sold Out]
Mar. 16 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club



[Photo Credit: Rick Froberg]


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, JAN 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Now Hear The Turbulent “Six Wave Hold-Down” from Hot Snakes Latest, Greatest and also Fourth Album ‘Jericho Sirens’ (out March 16th)

Friday, March 16th, 2018 will mark the worldwide release of Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirensthe long-awaited fourth album (and first in 14 years!!!) from the San Diego-based punk rock recidivists. The album was produced by the band and recorded in Philadelphia and San Diego throughout 2017.

Earlier this month, Hot Snakes whet fan appetites by unleashing a trailer featuring :60 (of a total :78) seconds of the monster Jericho Sirens track “Why Don’t It Sink In?” And late yesterday afternoon, Jenny Eliscu premiered the tumultuous new single “Six Wave Hold-Down” on her Sirius XMU show.

 

Jericho Sirens is now available for preorder from Sub Pop over here and will come in the following formats:
  • Standard LP on clear vinyl
  • The limited Loser edition LP on black vinyl (while supplies last!)
  • CD
  • Cassette
  • Digital
Jericho Sirens
Tracklisting

1. I Need a Doctor
2. Candid Cameras
3. Why Don’t It Sink In?
4. Six Wave Hold-Down
5. Jericho Sirens
6. Death Camp Fantasy
7. Having Another?
8. Death Doula
9. Psychoactive
10. Death of a Sportsman

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AND … the band’s newly reissued catalog - Automatic MidnightSuicide Invoice and Audit in Progress - will be available tomorrow, Friday January 19th on Sub Pop [get ‘em here].

Hot Snakes Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Hot Snakes previously announced UK tour in support of Jericho Sirens runs January 25th-February 3rd, 2018. The band will then play a hometown release show in San Diego at the Casbah on March 7th, which is then followed immediately by a midwestern U.S. tour March 10th-16th.  Tour dates below.
 
Jan. 25 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
Jan. 26 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast [Sold Out]
Jan. 27 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
Jan. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Jan. 30 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Jan. 31 - Cambridge, UK - The Portland
Feb. 01 - Brighton, UK - Sticky Mikes
Feb. 02 - London, UK - The Dome [Sold Out]
Feb. 03 - Bristol, UK - Thekla (Early Show)
Mar. 07 - San Diego, CA - Casbah [Sold Out]
Mar. 09 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Mar. 10 - Detroit, MI - El Club
Mar. 11 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
Mar. 13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
Mar. 14 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
Mar. 15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club [Sold Out]
Mar. 16 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club



More About Hot Snakes Jericho Sirens:
Swami John Reis and Rick Froberg have been making noises together since high school. In 1986 it was the post-hardcore chime of Pitchfork. In 1991 it was the sprawling, multi-faceted arrangements of Drive Like Jehu. In 1999 it was the lean, mean swagger of Hot Snakes. Reis and Froberg are responsible for some of the most turbulent rock and roll of their, or any, generation.
 
Hot Snakes streamlined Jehu’s complex compositions and emerged as bona fide downstroke warlords. They made 3 studio albums of high-velocity, slash-your-face, piss-punk: 2000’s Automatic Midnight, 2002’s Suicide Invoice and 2004’s Audit in Progress. The band ceased activity in 2005 but reunited for a triumphant world tour in 2011, planting the seeds for what has cum.
 
Now, after a 14-year hiatus from the studio, Hot Snakes have kicked down the door back into our lives with their new album, Jericho Sirens, due out March 16 from Sub Pop. Fresh, warm piss, bottled and sold as lube.
 
“I considered stopping playing guitar on a social media poll after I completely mastered the instrument,” Reis says. “But so many people kept sending me letters and voicemail messages, asking me at the dry cleaners, or the butcher shop to bring back Hot Snakes. They were missing rock and roll music. I’ve always considered Hot Snakes to be more in the vein of the proto-Vog movement of the early ‘70s. But to these people, this is their rock ‘n’ roll. I understand that. I totally understand people’s desire to be controlled and humiliated by my guitar. Anyone can play the stupid guitar. What they want is for me to use it as a branding iron.”
 
The new album blasts out of the speakers with the furious “I Need a Doctor,” inspired by Froberg’s experience needing a doctor’s note in order to miss an important work function. “Yeah, I had to be quick on my feet,” says Rick. “Luckily a friend had a stack of stationary from Planned Parenthood and I used that to forge a note relieving me of my obligation to go to a really lame Christmas party at a karaoke joint.”
 
Throughout Jericho Sirens, Froberg commiserates with the frustration and torrential apathy that seems to be a fixture in our daily lives, while also reminding us that we have no fucking clue. “Songs like ‘Death Camp Fantasy’ and ‘Jericho Sirens’ are about that,” he says. “No matter where you look, there’re always people saying the world’s about to end. Every movie is a disaster movie. I’m super fascinated by it. It is hysterical, and it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. It snowballs, like feedback, or my balls on the windshield.”
 
Musically, the album incorporates the most extreme fringes of the Hot Snakes sound (the vein-bulging, 78-second “Why Don’t It Sink In?” the manic, Asian Blues on speed of “Having Another?”), while staying true to longstanding influences such as the Wipers, Dead Moon, Michael Jackson, and Suicide on propulsive tracks such as “Six Wave Hold-Down,” one of the first songs written for the project during a Mummer Parade 2017 session in Philadelphia. Other moments like the choruses of “Jericho Sirens” and “Psychoactive” nod to Status Quo and AC/DC with Froberg admitting, “I still flip bird and ride my BMX on top of cop cars.”
 
“My muse was love. It sounds like panic and chaos,” Reis says. “Restlessness and unease. That’s a sound that I would ask for. I want that record. The inspiration would be simple, maybe even kind of straightforward. Very early rock ‘n’ roll DNA with lots of rules. I would find some note or rhythm in it that captivated me and I dwelled on it and bent it. That’s where I found dissonance. Bending and rubbing against each other uncomfortably. Marinate and refine. A lot of the other Hot Snakes records always had tension and release, but this one is mainly just tension.”
 
Jericho Sirens was recorded in short bursts over the past year, mostly in San Diego and Philadelphia with longtime bassist Gar Wood, Jason Kourkounis and Mario Rubalcaba, both of whom drummed on prior Hot Snakes releases but never on the same one. For Reis, reactivating his creative partnership with Froberg was one of the most rewarding aspects of the process: “Our perspectives are similar. Our tastes are similar. He is my family. And what more is there to say? My favorite part of making this record was hearing him find his voice and direction for this record. I came hard.”
 
In tandem with a full back catalog reissue series and the new album, Hot Snakes will return to the road in 2018 to incinerate the villages, and they’re already looking ahead to more music. Says Gar Wood, “There’re already 2 more records written and recorded. We wanted to come out with this one using the more mainstream sounding stuff to give people a chance to catch up.”  

Posted by Rachel White